Found in south of Texas Photo by Matthijs Hollanders (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhollanders)
The smooth earthsnake is not a protected species in Texas and can be legally collected with a hunting license. Texas Distribution: The single subspecies of Virginia valeriae present in Texas, V. v. elegans , is found from the Austin and San Antonio areas northeastward towards Tyler and Longview.
Virginia valeriae elegans Kennicott, 1859 – western earth snake, dorsal scales in 17 rows, southern Indiana through western Kentucky and Tennessee to the Gulf of Mexico, westward to eastern Kansas and central Texas. Virginia valeriae pulchra (Richmond, 1954) – mountain earth snake, dorsal scales weakly keeled, mountains of western ...
The belly is tan to whitish and is not sharply defined in color from the dorsum (as in the worm snake, Carphophis amoenus, and redbellied snake, Storeria occipitomaculata). Keeled scales differentiate this species from the similar smooth earth snake (Virginia valeriae) and worm snake.
Keeled scales differentiate the rough earth snake from the similar smooth earth snake (Virginia valeriae), as well as from the wormsnake. H. striatula is most likely to be confused with De Kay's brown snake (Storeria dekayi), which is a little larger and is light brown with dark markings on the back and neck. Unlike the rough earth snake, De ...
The Smooth Earth Snake is a species of non-venomous colubrid snake native to the eastern half of the United States, from Texas and Iowa to New Jersey and Florida. Information about the classification of Virginia valeriae. Includes facts, pictures and articles.
The smooth earth snake eats primarily earthworms and other soft-bodied arthropods. Geographic range 3. V. valeriae is found from Texas and Iowa to New Jersey and Florida. Habitat 3. V. valeriae is a small, fossorial species which spends most of its time buried in loose soil or leaf litter. Reproduction 3. V. valeriae bears live young in August ...
The rough earth snake is a small, brown, unpatterned snake with lightly keeled scales (which gives it its common name), and a light colored underside. They do not typically grow beyond 10 inches in length, with 7 inches being average. It is easily mistaken for the smooth earth snake, Virginia valeriae, with which it shares range and habitat.
Rare North Texas Snakes. Harmless. WESTERN MILKSNAKE
Common Snakes of Texas: If you wanted a state with a little bit of everything to offer, Texas would be the place to come to. There’s plenty of desert here which, let’s face it, we’ve all come to associate with snakes, and on top of that there’s a rich and diverse series of habitats to provide the perfect home for a number of snake species.